Instead of St. Ives Apricot Scrub, why not try St. Ives Exfoliating Pads? The second listed ingredient in the scrub is crushed walnut shell, which acts as a mechanical exfoliant by scrubbing away any dead skin cells or other debris resting on the face. The walnut shell particles have jagged edges which can cause microlacerations (tiny tears) in the surface of the skin, resulting in beaucoup irritation. Chemical exfoliants like lactic acid (the second listed ingredient in the pads) cause less wear and tear (and, therefore, needless irritation) on the skin while retaining the efficacy of related mechanical exfoliation products.
The scrub is popular; I know many people who own it. If you can’t bear to part, try it as a body, foot, or hand scrub. Using the apricot scrub prior to a manicure or pedicure feels wonderfully indulgent and removes dry flakes of dead skin.
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